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Sawyer Interview With Ellen Degeneres on ABC Cancellation Airs Tonight

ABC’s Primetime Live will feature an interview with Ellen Degeneres tonight at 10pm ET.

In the interview, DeGeneres speaks openly with Diane Sawyer about ABC’s decision to cancel her television show, Ellen, and her anger over parental advisory warnings that accompanied several of this season’s episodes.

Ellen made television history last year when the show’s lead character, Ellen Morgan, announced that she is gay. The “coming out” episode was ABC’s highest-rated show of the season, reaching an audience of over 42 million Americans.

The season finale of Ellen will air from 9-10pm ET on Wednesday, May 13th. Entitled “The Clip Show,” the finale will be a “mockumentary” in which journalist and breast cancer activist Linda Ellerbee interviews Ellen about her career in show business. Guest stars include Helen Hunt, Jada Pinkett Smith, Woody Harrelson, Glenn Close, Cindy Crawford, Julianna Margulies, Jennifer Aniston, Christine Lahti, Ted Danson, Mary Steenburgen, Phil Donahue, Tim Conway, Bea Arthur, Richard Benjamin, Kathy Najimy, Orson Bean and Diahann Carroll.

Please contact ABC (NETAUDR@abc.com) to express outrage about their decision to cancel Ellen. You may also write, fax, or phone them using the following contact information.

Walt Disney Company/ABC

Michael Eisner

500 South Buena Vista Street

Burbank, CA 91521

Phone: 818-560-1000

Fax: 818-560-1930

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ABC - May 1998